The Silent Friend

In my opinion...( contains spoilers)


I found this a difficult & uncomfortable novel to read ,and am not quite sure how to review it.


The subject matter is disturbing & could be upsetting for many people. In my own case I know people suffering from PTSD very well, and find it unsettling when included within a novel.


For me this was not a thriller, as I knew what was happening and there were no twists or surprises.


I can appreciate the issues the author is tackling- after the London Bridge attacks I read an article about one of the terrorist’s families handing out flowers & it breaks your heart for them- but unfortunately for Diane Jeffreys following the recent Paris & Vienna incidents plus heading into lockdown.2 this was not the right novel for me, at this time.


The book itself is obviously well researched & inspired, I feel, by the Ariana Grande & Bataclan Concerts. Characters are sensitively drawn, both Laura & Sandrine are likeable.


The majority of other reviews that I have read are very good; in spite of my comments above, it is compelling reading. The issue is perhaps more me than the novel- and it's not a bad thing to be challenged out of your comfort zone


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One night changed everything


For Laura and Sandy, one tragic event changed the course of their lives forever.


Now they are the only ones who understand each another, drawn together by the night that changed everything.


But one of them is keeping a secret that could destroy their fragile friendship. Only she knows just how closely their lives are linked.


When the secret is revealed, will their friendship survive? Or will the truth tear them apart?


Thank you HQ Digital & NetGalley for my ARC